Metro Phoenix has its share of famous residents who buy one of the area’s million-dollar homes.

Some, like rockers Alice Cooper and Jimmy Adkins, are well-known and longtime Valley residents. Others, like music superstar Alicia Keys, can be spotted at their Paradise Valley or Scottsdale retreats on weekends.

Many pro athletes such as Steve Nash buy pricey homes when they play for Arizona teams but sell when they move on. Boxer Mike Tyson called the Phoenix area home for a while, too.

Other legendary athletes, like Randy Johnson and Muhammad Ali, buy and stay in the Valley. Swimming legend Michael Phelps bought a home in Paradise Valley right before the 2016 Olympics.

Metro Phoenix has also attracted a famous porn star or two.

Alicia Keys

The Grammy-winning "Girl on Fire" superstar had listed her 7,881-square-foot house with panoramic views of the Valley for $3.85 million in early 2016. But she took the house she bought in 2009 near Camelback Mountain off the market this year.

She posted an Instagram photo in January at the house striking a cool pose on the hood of a vintage Mustang with views of Camelback Mountain and Praying Monk in the background.

Michael Phelps

Swimming legend Michael Phelps bought a lush Paradise Valley home for $2.53 million in late 2015.

He was able to relax after winning his 28th Olympic medal in Rio at the Santa Barbara-style house with wife Nicole Johnson and his first baby, Boomer Robert Phelps.

The 6,010-square-foot house has five bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, and, of course, a great swimming pool.

Ever wondered what Michael Phelps does outside the pool? To start, he relaxes in his 6,010-square-foot-home. Warning: this Arizona home will give you a severe case of house envy!

Alice Cooper

Rock legend Cooper moved to Phoenix when he was young and is a graduate of Cortez High School.

He and his wife, Sheryl, bought a Paradise Valley home decades ago. No price for their house is listed in property records.

But he also bought a central Phoenix condo for $350,000 last year.

Jim Adkins

The front man for the melodic rock bank Jimmy Eat World grew up in Mesa.

He lived there with his wife, Amy, before they bought a historic central Phoenix home in 2011 with their three sons. The couple paid $700,000 for their mid-century modern 4,306-square-foot Palmer Estates house built in 1956.

Randy Johnson

The baseball Hall of Famer recently dropped the price on his Paradise Valley mansion to $16.5 million.

The 6-foot-10-inch former MLB pitcher, who is nicknamed "The Big Unit," put the 25,000-square-foot Tuscan-style house near Mummy Mountain on the market for $25 million in 2014.

He moved to another house in north Scottsdale a few years ago.

Muhammad Ali

Considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, Ali moved to Paradise Valley in 2005 and lived here most of the time before he died in 2016.

The former fighter and his wife, Yolanda, paid $1.6 million cash for their 6,000-square-foot home.

Charles Barkley

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley bought a metro Phoenix house when he was with the Phoenix Suns in the late 1990s.

"Sir Charles" paid $2.2 million for his house in Scottsdale’s Gainey Ranch. He and wife Maureen have upgraded and expanded the house since they bought it in 1998.

Barkley is often sighted in Scottsdale.

Emma Stone

The Academy Award-winning actress grew up in Scottsdale, but property records don’t show she currently owns a Valley home.

Her father, Jeff Stone, president at Edwards Communities Construction Co., sold his Paradise Valley home for $2 million last year.

Mike Tyson

The former heavyweight boxing champion sold his Paradise Valley house in 2007 for $2.339 million, two years after he bought it for $2.1 million.

He moved to north central Phoenix for a few years, but then moved to Las Vegas after his daughter died at that house in 2009.

Sarah Palin

The one-time Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate paid $1.7 million for a six-bedroom Scottsdale house in 2011.

In 2016, Palin sold the house for $2.275 million.

Steve Nash

The former Phoenix Suns guard bought a Paradise Valley house in 2004 when he was with the team.

He sold the 6,500-square-foot house, with five bedrooms, three wings and basketball court, last year for almost $3.2 million.

Jenna Jameson

In 2005, the author of the bestselling memoir "How To Make Love Like a Porn Star" paid $4.5 million for a 10,000-square-foot residence in Paradise Valley. She divorced and sold the house a few years later.

Frankie Muniz

Frankie Muniz, who starred in "Malcolm in the Middle," has bought and sold several million-dollar houses in metro Phoenix.

Most recently, he sold a Biltmore estate for $3.2 million. The 5,300-square-foot bungalow-style mansion was built in the 1930s and is called il Segreto.

David Spade

The "Saturday Night Live" comedian and actor moved to Scottsdale when he was 4.

Spade owned a home in the Biltmore area, but sold it for $740,000 in 2001, according to property records.

Spade attended Saguaro High School and Scottsdale Community College. He later earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University.

Kurt Warner

In March 2013, the former Arizona Cardinals quarterback sold his Paradise Valley home for $2.5 million.

Warner and his family are living in Scottsdale. Last year, Brenda and Kurt Warner opened Treasure House. Their son Zachary was the first resident to move into the Christian-based residential home in Glendale with studio apartments for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

READ MORE: Kurt and Brenda Warner’s son ready for Treasure House, which will help adults with disabilities be independent

David Ellefson

A founding member of the heavy-metal band Megadeth, Ellefson and his wife Julie bought a Scottsdale home for $370,000 in 2003.

The group disbanded in 2002. The group, formed in 1983, temporarily disbanded in 2002 and then re-established in 2004. The band won its first Grammy Award in 2017 and continues to tour.

Bret Michaels

Michaels, the Scottsdale-based rocker and reality-TV star, has stayed true to his roots, performing locally at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Scottsdale and Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale.

The Poison frontman and star of "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" was treated at Phoenix’s Barrow Neurological Institute for a brain hemorrhage in 2010.

Bil Keane

The "Family Circus" creator, who died in 2011, was a Paradise Valley resident for more than five decades.

He lived with his family at his home north of Lincoln Drive, where he created his famous comic strip.

Keane was honored in November with the unveiling of a larger-than-life bronze statue at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale.

Clive Cussler

The best-selling author is a longtime Paradise Valley resident. He bought a home in the posh enclave for $460,000 in 1991.

Cussler is nicknamed "the Grandmaster of Adventure" after penning five popular fiction series.

Besides reaching The New York Times best-seller list multiple times, Cussler founded the National Underwater and Marine Agency, which has uncovered many sunken ships.

Robert Mitchum is shown in his role in "Anzio" in this undated file photo.
Robert Mitchum

Mitchum, the rugged tough-guy actor who died in 1997, had a home in Paradise Valley for many years.

Mitchum, who rose to prominence for his film-noir work, frequented the city’s Arabian-horse events and the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Events every winter.

Dan Quayle

The former vice president went to Scottsdale High School during his freshman and sophomore years in the early 1960s.

He graduated from Kiva Elementary School in Paradise Valley.

Quayle, whose son, Ben Quayle, is a former U.S. representative, now lives in Paradise Valley.

Dennis Farina

The mustachioed actor, who played a detective on NBC’s "Law and Order," died in 2013 at age 69.

He owned a home in Scottsdale, public records show.

Republic reporter Beth Duckett contributed to this article.

READ MORE:

Source Article